Police plan to be out in force Sunday when a motorcycle swap meet is expected to attract several thousand enthusiasts to the Agri Center on the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
"We're not expecting any problems but we want to be prepared for the worse," town police Capt. Carmen Kesner said Wednesday.
The security concerns are prompted by last September's shoot-out at Lancaster Speedway between rival motorcycle gangs that left two people dead, Kesner said. About 500 people were at the speedway attending motorcycle drag races at the time.Ronald Grottanelli, owner of the Hog Farm motorcycle repair shop in West Seneca and organizer of Motorcycle Swap Meet 95, said this is the 13th year of the event and there have never been any problems.
He said he is working with the police and wants to assure the public the event, which runs from noon to 5 p.m., will be safe.
Grottanelli said he has hired six off-duty police officers to handle security inside the building and all who enter will be checked for weapons by hand-held scanners. They also will be videotaped, Kesner said.
Six Hamburg officers will be on duty in the area of the Agri Center, in additional to the normal complement patrolling the rest of the town, Kesner said.
The event typically attracts about 2,300 people, many of them interested in Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Grottanelli said.